Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mark Leary Mobiles Featured On WIRED.com

Mark Leary Mobiles on Wired.com


Fun to have my mobile, the Original Three-x-3 featured in the article, "11 Gifts for the Artist in Your Life, Starving or Otherwise" on Wired.com.

Stay tuned for exciting new news coming in 2016.

For now, thank you for supporting art, keeping it light, and happiest of happy holidays to you.

Cheers!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Zots, Piglets, and Popparodapi, Oh My! New Tabletop Stabiles Are Here!



popparodapus stabile by mark leary
Zots, piglets, and popparodapi, oh my! 

My latest set of tabletop stabiles is ready to journey east.

As you'll see below, I had fun experimenting with a number of new techniques and styles. 

piglet features my first layered / horizontal blades, crumb has a cool vertical pivot point, zots defies my understanding of balance, and popparodapus ... well, he speaks for himself (and he may bite, too; so don't get too close). 

 This troupe of hooligans are slated to hit the road to Acme Mid-Century + Modern early next week.

If you're in the Alexandria area, I invite you to swing on by, say hi to Pierre, and see these swirly whirls in person.

And, remember, as the great American author, Jack London, once said, "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club."

green flush reed (9"x10.5")
arból solitario (12"x9")



 















crumb (16.5x8")



piglet (7.5"x14")
piglet

green stripe (8.5"x12")
popparodapus (9"x11")
tree in the window (10"x12")
zots (8.5"x10")

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mark Leary Bike-Inspired Mobile Series

the amazing ah-may (25"x19")

Sneak Peek: A new set of all-original bike-inspired mobiles is headed to Acme Mid-Century + Modern this week...

See, ever since I got my first set of clipless mallet mountain bike pedals many, many years ago, I've loved the crankbrothers' logo:


Simple, graphic, to the point. Three parts. Chain, front rings, and rear cassette: the power factory of any bike. Boom.

In fact, I liked it so much that it inspired one of my favorite shapes to use in my hanging mobile designs:


This scrappy chap has shown up as a player in my three-by-3 series, as well as such mobiles as one of these things, the juggler, and - yes - even the dreaded poison zook!

But, now it's time for this oblong-y charmer to take center stage in my latest suite of signed mobiles headed from Bend, OR, to Acme Mid-Century + Modern in Alexandria, VA

Vibrant and retro, each mobile is a subtle homage to the spirit of the pedals that have kept me rolling on the singletrack trails of Oregon - from my original mallets to my candys to my PDX get-arounder's eggbeaters ... including a very special design commemorating a certain someone's "epic" ride up Mrazek with a busted-to-heck bike, chain-grease calves, and a little blood for good measure. Inspirational!

Coming (very) Soon: Keep your eyes open. It not only keeps you from running into things, it'll help you see a new selection of all-original tabletop mobiles that are headed to Acme next week. 

whoops (16"x19")
rollinblue (26"x17")
retread three (15"x21")
pinchflat (15"x24")
bonk (16"x19")

Mark Leary Mobiles @ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art


straightline curve - stabile by mark leary

I'm very excited to share that a selection of my mobiles and tabletop stabiles will be spinning soon at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO.

Designed by one of the country's most respected modernist architects, Gunnar Birkerts, the museum's main building is, well, it's a work of art in itself.

The museum is incredibly unique on a number of fronts - not the least of which is that it has three locations spread throughout Kansas City to open up art and art education to the masses.

In addition to a suite of my most modern hanging mobile designs, the super cool folks at the Kemper Museum Shop challenged me to develop really graphic, streamlined bases for the stabiles they'd selected.

I had a blast re-imagining and replacing my typically very organic bases with much more linear interpretations. A couple examples are attached below (to see them all, you'll have to visit the Museum Shop yourself).

It's so neat to be able to collaborate with those who use art to inform and inspire. Thank you to Raina and Craig.

If you're in the Kansas City area, please be sure to drop in to the Museum Shop (located in the main building at 4420 Warwick Boulevard) and say hello.

squarebird (5.5"x7")
straightline curve (5"x9")